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THE IRON INDUSTRY.
narrowing beds, scattered over a considerable area, will be done at a considerably increasing cost. It is safe to say, therefore, that the mines of Elba can hardly be viewed as an important factor in the international iron trade.
TABLE XXXI-A. Exports of Ore from Elba in 1899.
Tons.
Great Britain..........................    102,700
Germany via Holland....................      53,300
United States ..........................      41,700,
France...........................-----      29,000
Total............................    226,700